Tomorrow is General Election Day around the United States, and in Wyoming, several major seats will be decided. The Wyoming Conservation Voters Education Fund has issued some reminders for Wyoming voters, telling us that voter registration is not an obstacle for casting a ballot in the Cowboy State.
The organization's president, Kate Wright, says the state allows eligible voters to register, and then vote, on Election Day by bringing acceptable identification to their polling place. Federal, state and county races are on the ballot, and Wright urges voters not to overlook county-level decisions.
Wright says the people elected to those positions can influence “backyard issues,” such as public safety, trash and recycling, and parks, to name a few.
In Sheridan County, renewal of the Optional One-Cent Sales Tax is a major ballot issue, and officials and organizations have sponsored several public information meetings to educate them about where those monies go.
Wright says another big issue looming over all the races is the future of the state's energy resources, especially the growing market for renewables.
Wright notes that historically, Wyoming voter turnout is higher than other states, but because the population is smaller, races are often decided by just a few votes, and at least one recent tied election was decided by the candidate who drew the winning ticket out of a hat.